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Some people think Elle is as ashamed of Mindy Kaling’s race and weight

Above are the 4 covers for Elle magazine’s February issue.  Notice Mindy Kaling, the only woman of color, is also the only one photographed black and white.  She’s also the only one photographed with a headshot rather than a body shot.  Because of this, people are saying Elle is trying to downplay Mindy’s race and weight.  I’m pretty sure if Elle editors really had concerns about those things selling issues, they wouldn’t have put her on the cover in the first place.  Mindy seems to feel the same way. 

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Melissa McCarthy’s Elle cover has some people’s (skin tight) panties in a bunch

I’d like to point out that I was a fan of Melissa McCarthy before Bridesmaids.  She was fantastic on Gilmore Girls, and I had seen her kill on stage at the L.A. improv institution The Groundlings.  Now that Melissa is finally the movie star she was destined to be, she’s doing stuff other movie stars do… like magazine covers.  Melissa’s Elle cover (above) is under fire, though, because they’ve covered her up with a big coat (vs. other Elle covers that feature women in more form-fitting outfits). 

I’m gonna call BS on this non-troversy, though.  Melissa agreed to do the Elle cover, she posed for the picture, she wore the coat.  That photo would not have appeared on a magazine cover without the approval of Melissa’s publicist.  Melissa is not a skinny supermodel, and seemily has no problem with that.  In fact, she quite readily uses her size to her advantage for her craft.  Hell, her size pretty much IS the concept of her sitcom Mike & Molly). AND, most importantly, the same people crying foul now would have cried foul had Melissa instead appeared in a 2 piece bikini on the cover.

Moral of the story: Melissa is a very attractive woman who can rock a fantastic coat on a well-deserved magazine cover, and good for her.

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